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London heavy punks Cope have played shows with the who’s who of British underground hardcore including Create To Inspire and Blood Youth but are ready to start catching them up with the release of their sophomore EP ‘Tooth & Nail’. The optimistic energy of the band seeps through into their music for an uplifting yet destructive take on melodic hardcore punk.
Refuse. Resist. Don’t give in to fear.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard COPE before?
COPE: We always describe ourselves as ‘heavy punk’ – we’re not quite hardcore, we’re a little heavy for the solid punk tag, but we’re not quite heavy enough to be described as ‘metal’, so make of that what you will! We’ve recently picked up the name ‘positive political punks’, which I think is a pretty good description too!
DP!: How did the band form?
COPE: We originally all met online, on a site for musicians to connect with other like-minded people. As it turns out, me and Adam already kind of knew each other as we’re both from Devon, so having that connection as well as a load of mutual contacts made it really easy to gel & get things going. We’ve recently got a new drummer, Rich, who I was introduced to through a colleague & mutual friend.
DP!:What plans do you have for the future?
COPE: We’re heading out on the road next year, but that’s all i can say for now whilst we iron out all the details. There will be new music too hopefully in the first half of the year, so there’s definitely a lot on the cards. We should have some video content coming soon too.
DP!:Which new bands are you listening to right now?
COPE: Not really new bands, but a few of us have been listening to the new Comeback Kid album on repeat since it came out. It’s such a good record and the band should be really happy with how it’s been received. I’ve also been listening to the (not really) new Zoax album a lot; again, its such a good record, where have they been for the past year!?
DP!:Which bands do you aspire to and why?
COPE: I think for me, definitely either the Foo Fighters or NOFX – I think both bands have an amazing work ethic, and always seem to get through the tough times virtually unscathed, all the while releasing great music as the chaos around them unfolds. I also have a bit of an obsession with Lemmy – the man was rock n roll through and through, and never compromised on the integrity of his music. Thats a huge inspiration for us.
DP!:What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
COPE: I think playing Rock City in Notts on the last tour. We played one of the best shows we’ve ever done, and the reaction from everyone after just proved that we’ve achieved something and come further than we had thought since last year. There’s nothing quite like leaving the venue buzzing and wanting more.
COPE‘s new EP, ‘Tooth & Nail’, is out now. You can buy the album online now via iTunes (here).
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